Wiester's Famous Jazz Orchestra is made up of 21 of central
Ohio’s finest musicians who have come together every Monday
evening on a semi-informal basis since 1997. They share their
love of jazz playing their favorite big band charts. For fans,
this is an opportunity to hear the sounds of Woody Herman,
Stan Kenton, Count Basie, and other great bands.
Occasionally there are guest instrumental or vocal
artists, or guest arrangers conducting their own arrangements.
Many nationally known arrangers have been commissioned to write
for the Famous Jazz Orchestra, including Bill Holman,
Herb Harrison, Slide Hampton, Lennie Niehaus,
Bill Dobbins, Paul Ferguson and Al Kiger.
of the orchestra have played with orchestras of Glenn Miller,
Guy Lombardo, Woody Herman, Mel Lewis, Tommy
Dorsey, Ralph Marterie, and Buddy Rich, as
well as Columbus bands including Al Waslohn, Doc
Everhart, Bruno Masdea, Chuck Selby, Rick
Brunetto, and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Many
members have been on local university jazz faculties..
twelve years the orchestra played at the Columbus Music
Hall downtown on Oak St., and then for three years at The
Maennerchor on S. High St. Since the summer of 2011 they
have been playing at The Clintonville Woman's Club,
3951 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214 (just north of
the Park of Roses) every Monday night from 7:30 pm to
10:30 pm. Cost is just $10 for adults and $5 for students, with
ample parking. Snacks and setups are sold, and you may
BYOB. There are both tables and row chairs.
is a former university jazz instructor, a jazz arranger, and
former trombonist with the Woody Herman orchestra. He has
arranged for Woody, for the Columbus Jazz Orchestra,
and for Terry Waldo’s Ragtime Orchestra. His voluminous
library of jazz charts and CDs is one of the largest in the
United States. In February 2012 he was selected to give the
pre-concert lecture for Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra’s
Stan Kenton Centennial Concert.
nights are not an invitation to dance with the orchestra, but
rather a chance to enjoy wonderful jazz listening in a congenial
setting. (The orchestra is, however, available or social events
for an exorbitant fee! Call 614-263-4014 anytime.)